Sydney River Bridge repairs to take more time
SYDNEY RIVER — Repair work to the Sydney River Bridge is going to take a lot longer than initially anticipated.
As a result motorists will have to get used to one lane of traffic across the bridge until March 31.
Steve Smith, a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation, said the initial delay was due to an inspection of the bridge in preparation for a full replacement of its deck.
During that inspection bridge technicians found steel stringers that need to be replaced.
“ They have to have a special platform to get up and have a good look at what is underneath. They figure they are going to be replaced in a couple of years anyway, so as long as they are up there with this specialized gear they thought they would get that done now.”
Doing the work now, instead of while the bridge deck is being replaced, is cost-effective, he said.
“As long as they have their stuff in there to tune it up they may as well do some heavier work. That way they won’t have to redo it when the tender comes in.”
In spite of the discovery, Smith insists the bridge is safe to cross.
“If the bridge wasn’t safe it wouldn’t be open. It is just slow to go through now because one lane is closed.”
Residents of Coxheath and Westmount are encouraged to use the interchange on Coxheath Road to get to Highway 125 during the construction period.